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3M 4218P Double Sided Acrylic Foam Mounting Tape grey 10mm x 3m
3M 4218P Double Sided Acrylic Foam Mounting Tape grey 10mm x 3m
Offered by TeeDeeGroup
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 6 Mar. 2016
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I bought the 3m Double Sided Acrylic Foam to attach a multi socket extension mains socket to a natural wooden desk. I needed the foam double sided tape deal with the undulations in the wood. I used 2 strips on my extension socket; and pressed it into the wood. Missing my target the first time i put it in place; the 3m adhesive allowed me to remove and then reposition the adaptor whilst still sticking firm. 3 weeks later its still in place; despite repeatedly plugging and unplugging things from the sockets.


Luxebell® Apple Watch Strap, 42mm Milanese Loop Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap Band for Apple Watch All Models with Unique Magnet Lock(No Buckle Needed) (ML-Black-42 MM)
Luxebell® Apple Watch Strap, 42mm Milanese Loop Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap Band for Apple Watch All Models with Unique Magnet Lock(No Buckle Needed) (ML-Black-42 MM)
Offered by Simple Tek

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable alternative to link bracelets, 6 Mar. 2016
The Luxebell Milanese Loop strap is considerably more affordable than apples original part. I was intrigued to find out of the milanese loop strap was a comfort improvement over the metal link strap that came with my watch; and if it looks classier than the plastic strap i have been using.

Swapping out straps on the apple watch is a doddle; press the button on underside of the watch and the straps just slide out. The Luxebell matches the finish of my black apple watch just fine. The Milanese Loop strap is fixed on one side, the other has a loop back to allow you to adjust it on the other; a magnet holds it just right on your wrist. You can pull it super tight but the magnet slips over some time to loosen up; i do find i have to tighten it up once or twice a day if gets too loose. Im not a huge fan of metal straps - mostly because they come as chunky link straps; they look nice but they can grab hairs and leave marks at the end of the day. I mentally tarnished the Milanese loop straps for a similar reason - lots of tiny links to grab hairs; I was dead wrong. The strap is metal - its cool when you put it on - but the thousands of tiny loop-links in the strap make it feel soft on the wrist; and somehow hairs aren't getting pulled despite all those loops. The soft feeling shows at the end of the day; a day wearing my rolex and i often have marks where the links and clasps are on my wrist. The Milanese loop leaves no trace of itself when you take it off. There are times when I'm using it when the magnet finds the magnet in my laptops wrist pad which i found strange at first but have gotten use to after a couple of weeks use.

I have pushed Luxebell's strap review time to two weeks to get used to wearing the strap. The black finish is still glossy- washing it under a tap works just fine it seems. I have issues with the magnetic buckle when taking the strap on and off - and wish the strap were 1cm longer to make it easier to get around my large hands - on my wrist the strap goes back almost half way so its plenty large enough once its on. The build is very good - see the photo the links are identical and the finish is excellent.

Luxe bell provided a Strap to review at no cost.
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SkimProt Guard for Bank Card
SkimProt Guard for Bank Card
Offered by Luxorama Ltd
Price: £7.80

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced; ended up peeling off the strip too often., 22 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Skimprot Guard is an intriguing idea a replacement magnetic strip for a debit / credit card. The replacement strip is supposed to tell devices to use the chip rather than the barcode. The kit contains a single strip and a cardboard applicator to assist you placing the strip over the strip on your credit card. You are likely already insured by your provider against fraudulent use; unless you are negligent. What that doesn't cover is the hassle of getting your accounts recovered. So skimprot gives you some peace of mind and a defense against skimming. The first 3 times i tried to use my card after applying the strip I ended up peeling the strip off as the two car parks and ATM in the motorway service station didn't know what to do and spat my card out.

The Skimprot cards are massively overpriced as I write my review; if they came with 4 strips to cover a variety of cards they might make more sense; as it stands given the high cost of entry; and that a number of non bank devices don't have the ability to act on the strip's use the chip warning its hard to recommend them at the moment.
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Poweradd 4-Outlet & 4 USB Output Extension Lead Power Strip, Surge Protector Power Socket With 5.9ft Power Cord, USB Charging Ports for Smartphones, Tablets, Desk Lamps, Computers, and More Devices (White, 4 AC & 4 USB)
Poweradd 4-Outlet & 4 USB Output Extension Lead Power Strip, Surge Protector Power Socket With 5.9ft Power Cord, USB Charging Ports for Smartphones, Tablets, Desk Lamps, Computers, and More Devices (White, 4 AC & 4 USB)
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £42.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I have bought a much smaller desk to work from home and mounted the Poweradd adaptor under the desk allowing me to keep the surf, 16 Feb. 2016
The powerful 4 power / 4 usb outlet surge protector with a 1.8m cord fit a project to tidy my desk to a tee. I have bought a much smaller desk to work from home and mounted the Poweradd adaptor under the desk allowing me to keep the surface nice and tidy. The flat plastic surface of the charger took 3m double sided adhesive acrylic tape and has been suspended upside down un the underside of my desk. Four sockets is a nice compromise keeping it compact but still allowing for a useful number of devices to be powered.

The combined power and usb has let me stop using a separate USB charging hub for my USB devices. The power sockets are reasonably spaced to allow for plugging in power bricks. The USB ports are split 2x2 this is for higher voltage devices like tablets and large phones and smaller ports for lower power USB devices.

I haven't had a device trip the power; or a power surge to threaten it; its nice having that piece of mind coming that the strip is protecting my laptop. The red switch turns the sockets on; and resets the device if the power surge trip is activated.
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Wireless Charger, Archeer All-in-One Qi Wireless Charging Pad Antiskid Dashboard Cellphone Mount Kit 360 Degree Rotatable Smartphone Holder for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Google Nexus Nokia Lumia 950XL
Wireless Charger, Archeer All-in-One Qi Wireless Charging Pad Antiskid Dashboard Cellphone Mount Kit 360 Degree Rotatable Smartphone Holder for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Google Nexus Nokia Lumia 950XL
Offered by Doeracil
Price: £22.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... Archer all in one qi car charger is a nice Phone holder / charger for the car, 16 Feb. 2016
The Archer all in one qi car charger is a nice Phone holder / charger for the car. It sticks to your dashboard with a 3m adhesive (I haven't removed it yet so can't speak for any residue) the charger plate has a micro-suction pad on it to hold your phone against it; and then it uses QI charging to recharge your phone. When you get into the phone you press your phone into the charging plate and leave it there for the journey. At the end you just lift it back off the plate and you are away; not more plugging cables in.

The Charging plate has a rotating head that attached to the stick pad and angle mount with a strong magnet. The arm at this point doesn't allow a huge range of movement relative to the size of my iPhone 6+. The limited range of movement which fives you some slight angles but not right angles made it tricky to place into my car; as it has a curved dashboard.

The micro suction holds your phone well; in a few hundred miles of driving my phone only came off once; on a fast moving roundabout. The plate and glue have held very rigid in cold and heater-ed conditions. I really like QI charging its super convenient having it in the car just adds to the convenience of using it. The micro suction plate at the end of the drive its a question of pulling the phone off the charger and going - no more putting cables in and out.
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Mantona Elements Outdoor Backpack (with Removable Camera Case for DSLR Camera with Rain Cover / Laptop Compartment / Tripod Holder) Blue
Mantona Elements Outdoor Backpack (with Removable Camera Case for DSLR Camera with Rain Cover / Laptop Compartment / Tripod Holder) Blue
Price: £105.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Large, small bag., 16 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Montana Elements Backpack is surprisingly large and my bag came in a striking blue; contrasted by the grey of an enormous number of straps and ties. I don't get the love affair of the straps some bag companies have; I'm never going to fill it with bricks so the weight of a small camera bag is never going to be so onerous as to need chest straps; heck i hardly ever use more than one shoulder strap.

The Mantona bag has a laptop like sleeve pocket down the back that can take a 15" macbook pro retina (just.) That is a big positive and speaks to the size of the bag; a smaller bag like a Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L can only take a small laptop or large tablet like a Surface Pro. Like the Lowepro the bag comes with a rain shell to protect it in downpours. The bag has choc full of pockets and sections; there is the aforementioned one for the laptop; a large daily pocket at the top of the bag; this has a zipped section inside. The large section has a bungee tie to close it up. The top lid clips over the bag and has another zip pocket in it. There is a large flap on the front of the bag; which worries me it would attract rain into it. One side of the bag has a pocket and straps for a tripod (or water bottle.) The other has a flap that opens to another smaller removable camera bag; which comes with its own rain cover. There are also two small zip pockets on the waist straps. There is a LOT of storage places all over the bag; though the top section would be more useful with some extra zip sections.

In the lowepro camera section i can pack a Canon 6d with a 24-105l lens,a gps sensor, a 16-35mm lens and an 8-15mm fisheye. When the bag arrived I used this Manfrotto Camera Backpack I as my daily bag. This is tiny; can just take my macbook pro; as well as the 6d with 24-105, gps and 16-35mm lens. I wanted to spell out the capacity of bags that are all smaller than the Montana as the Montana's design means I can only carry the 6d and 25-105 lens. For a lot of people they only have one lens; so its ideal. Unfortunately I like to carry a range of lens to that make sense for what I'm doing that day. Having a bag this big that can only carry one lens doesn't make a lot of sense to me; the space badly shaped/ wasted. There is a photo of the 3 bags in a line below; the Grey Lowepro, the Blue Montana and the black Manfrotto.

If you only have or need one medium size lens on your sir then it is a great bag; and having the smaller take out camera bag (complete with rain protection) will let you take the bag away and only carry the camera when you need it. For you the bag is 5*

Whilst the other two bags I have of a similar style are tapered it is tubular and should have been able to carry a far more impressive camera load.
I really liked the bold color on the Elements backpack; i just think the design of the bag either the large laptop size or the design of bag inside a bag has compromised the storage. So if you, like me want to carry more than one lens then the shape is just wrong. For me the bag is 2*; so averaged it out at 3*.
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Kind Bar, Dark Chocolate / Nuts & Sea Salt 40 g (Pack of 12)
Kind Bar, Dark Chocolate / Nuts & Sea Salt 40 g (Pack of 12)
Offered by V F Enterprises
Price: £17.80

5.0 out of 5 stars A Savory Winner from Kind, 12 Feb. 2016
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Kind Bar's are a staple in my office drawer since finding them last year. I am rotating round flavors to decide which i like the most. The Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt Bar's main attraction is the high nut content. This leads 7g of fiber and 6g of protein in a 40g bar; and a lowish 5g of sugars. The bars are clearly almondy with a dark chocolate base. They are as a result of the nuts the texture is very crunchy (it may test your teeth crunch.) The taste is far more savory than a sweeter bar like apple and cinnamon bars which at 10g have twice the sugar. The nuts and the slight bitterness of the chocolate are nice; and the effect of the smaller seeds give a variety of taste and texture in the mouth as you chew. The salt is really though and if you dislike the taste of salt these may not be for you.


Lavario Cooling Sleeve CD03 - bottle cooler with 7 gel chambers and Velcro fastener approx. 17 x 8 in (42 x 20 cm)
Lavario Cooling Sleeve CD03 - bottle cooler with 7 gel chambers and Velcro fastener approx. 17 x 8 in (42 x 20 cm)
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Get or keep your cool, 12 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Lavario Cooling Sleeve is a flexible chiller container. You can put it in your fridge or freezer and then wrap around bottles to chill them down. It works great on 330 and 500ml beer bottles, most wine bottles (not champagne.) You wrap it around; it can be a bit stiff when frozen, and use the velcro to fasten it. The cooling from all sides chills bottles down quickly; if frozen it works better than leaving a beer in the fridge for 10 mins.

It is however about an inch two short for me - you can't quite get it around a 1.75l Diet coke bottle which would have made it truly perfect; as I go through them quickly.

If you have a warm drink; or want to keep one cool on a warm day the cooling sleeve is great on bottles up-to a standard wine bottle.


Joby Suction Cup and Locking Arm for Camera - Black/Red
Joby Suction Cup and Locking Arm for Camera - Black/Red
Offered by MP3 Accessories
Price: £21.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Quickly attach and detach a camera to smooth surfaces to shoot video, time-lapse or still images, 4 Feb. 2016
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The Job Suction Cup and Locking arm are designed to work with action cameras; but it works fine with my compact Nikon 9900. I bought the suction cup at the same time as i bought the Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm. The Suction Cup is great for using on smooth surfaces like glass (as in the image), the clamp is great for anything that is about 2" across to attach to. The box had the suction cup, a rigid arm and a go-pro tripod mount.

The suction cup is compact around 8cm diameter; you press it onto the surface; and then turn the red surround which adjusts the diaphragm creating more vacuum to support your camera. The rigid arm is adjustable at either end for tilt and swivel. You can also get it with a joby gorilla pod arm which gives you a bit more flexibility in position. The suction is very good; it held the camera in the photo for over an hour without moving.

The compact size of the Joby Suction cup make more likely for it to be in my camera bag. My PRO SLR Capable Manfrotto suction mount is so large that it only gets used sparingly; its just not practical to carry it around. With the growing video quality in compact cameras the Job Suction cup lets you quickly attach and detach a camera to smooth surfaces to shoot video, time-lapse or still images without leaving any residue behind. Paired with the clamp you have a solution for most circumstances.


USA Gear TrueSHOT Wrist Strap with Padded Neoprene and Quick Release System - Works With Canon EOS Rebel T6s , PowerShot SX410 IS , G3 X and More
USA Gear TrueSHOT Wrist Strap with Padded Neoprene and Quick Release System - Works With Canon EOS Rebel T6s , PowerShot SX410 IS , G3 X and More
Offered by Accessory Genie
Price: £16.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Adjustable Camera Upgrade, 4 Feb. 2016
I hooked the USA Gear Camera Wrist Strap to my Panasonic DMC-LX100 which is a fairly large compact camera. The camera weighs around 400gms with the battery and card installed. I have been using it on a Panasonic leather strap which looks /fabulous/ but has an air of tourist about it. Being Neoprene you can also get it wet; unlike the leather strap I removed; so you could maybe use this with an aquatic camera. When you are done with your camera you also benefit from not having to carry the lengthy neck strap around with you; which makes it easier to get a camera back into a pocket.

After going through the trouble of unthreading the Panasonic strap; i appreciated the superior ring design on the USA Gear; attaching the strap to the loops was more like adding a key to a keyring - and far quicker. Once attached its apparent USA Gear have nailed soft feel. This is far nicer than the thin polyester / nylon wrist straps you get with most cameras. The weight is distributed; and there isn't any cutting when you let go of the camera.

To work with all sizes of wrist the cuff has a plastic limit ring; that lets you quickly adjust it to smaller wrists. This adjustment means you could also use the strap to protect a camera whilst a child uses it as it will vastly reduce the chance they drop it. There is also a quick detach buckle; which you might want to use if switching to a tripod to reduce the sail effect the cuff might cause; other than that I'm not sure of the benefit of it though as taking the wrist cuff off is easy to do.

The length of cord between the wrist strap and the camera is fairly generous and gives you a free range of movement when using the camera. Letting go of the camera leaves it dangling on the strap; but lets you use your hands for something else. This combination of dangling and quick release makes it a great alternative to the neck strap.

The USA Gear Camera wrist strap is ideal for use with compact cameras. If you have an SLR (except maybe the tiny Canon 100d) you might want to try something that uses your shoulder to spread the weight. I certainly wouldn't want my heavy slr supported only by my wrist. When used on a compact camera; its easy to attach and makes it easier to use your camera as you move around.


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